He is a winner of the prestigious Peter Huchel
Poetry Award and
After mentoring a number of younger Berlin poets in the 1990s and early 2000s, he wrote a polemic in 2007 protesting the award of the prestigious Peter Huchel
Prize to Uljana Wolf.
The brief but intense exchange centres on the poet Peter Huchel
, a friend of Kunze and, like Kunze himself, one of those poets whom Gansel has translated.
I am grateful to Kuschel for introducing me to his conversation partners, only a few of whom I already knew: Kurt Tucholsky, Gunter Kunert, Wolfgang Hildesheimer, Christa Wolf, Gunter Grass, Kurt Marti, Max Frisch, Peter Weiss, Rolf Hochhuth, Alexander Solzhenitsyn, Thomas Mann, Friedrich Durrenmatt, Made Luise Kaschnitz, Heinrich Heine, Elie Wiesel, Zvi Kolitz, Erich Kastner, Ilse Aichinger, Peter Huchel
, Heinrich Boll, Anna Seghers, William Faulkner, Nagib Mahfouz, Augusto Roa Bastos, Cingiz Ajmatov, Friedrich Gottlieb Klopstock, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Leo Tolstoy.
Nearly 50 years after World War II's carnage, we are still more familiar with the names of the Third Reich's leaders than with those of Else Lasker-Schuler, Gottfried Benn, Gunter Eich, Karl Krolov, Ingeborg Bachmann, or Peter Huchel
Becher, Johannes Bobrowski, Erich Fried, and Gerhard Ruhm; in the 1960s and 1970s, in poems by Kurt Bartsch, Nicolas Born, Paul Celan, Peter Huchel
, and Wolfgang Hilbig; and in the 1980s and 1990s, in poems by Hilde Domin, Durs Grunbein, Ulla Hahn, Sarah Kirsch, Barbara Kohler, Gunter Kunert, and Richard Pietrass.
Becher, Bertolt Brecht, Gunter Eich, and Peter Huchel
He knew many of the writers personally, and his essays tell of his friendship with Peter Huchel
and Uwe Johnson, among others.
His prizes include the Peter Huchel
Prize (1995), the Georg Buchner
He examines three 'case studies' in particular: the fate of the journal Sinn und Form under its editor Peter Huchel
, the critical debate over Brecht's Das Verhor des Lukullus, and the orchestrated protests over Hanns Eisler's Faustus.
Lasker Schuler Prize (1993) and the Peter Huchel
Oskar Pastior was awarded the 2001 Peter Huchel